Located in the inner north of Canberra, Dickson is one of the most sought-after suburbs in the Australian Capital Territory despite its small size. Mostly home to families and young professionals, Dickson is characterised by its open leafy streets and easygoing atmosphere, and by being the home of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Canberra radio and television studios. Several new projects are underway in the growing suburb, most significantly a new shopping area and several new apartment projects.
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Things we love…
- With a light rail interchange and several bus stops throughout the suburb, getting to work, school or where ever you need to go is quite easy in Dickson.
- Dickson is ideal for foodies, as it is home to a large number of restaurants and cafes that will leave you feeling spoiled for choice.
- The Dickson Centre is the main commercial centre for the inner northern suburbs and is home to almost everything residents could need, from the library and gym, to pubs and health food shops.
But remember that…
- There is only one primary school in the suburb itself, although there are a number in the surrounding suburbs.
- The new Coles and retail space development will begin construction within the last six months of 2019. However, construction may mean some roads and areas experience more traffic and noise for a while.
Location & Transport
Sitting 8 kilometres from the Canberra CBD, Dickson is one of the best-connected suburbs in Canberra. Residents, if they don’t work in the suburb itself, can get into the CBD via car, bus, or the new light rail.
Taking Northbourne Avenue will get Dickson residents into the CBD in under 15 minutes, although you might find that trip a little longer during peak hours. The light rail runs along Northbourne Avenue as well, with the city only four stops away. You can expect that one of the 17 bus stops in Dickson will be close by to you, with most no more than a few minutes walk away at most.
There is only one primary school within Dickson itself, although there are a number within the surrounding suburbs. Emmaus Christian School is located in Dickson, and runs from Prep to Year 10, covering primary school and early high school. North Ainslie Primary School, sits just outside of Dickson, on the other side of one of the roads that define the edges of the suburb. Residents could also send their children to St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, which sits on MacArthur Avenue.
There are several high schools in Dickson however. This includes Daramalan College, a co-educational catholic school in the suburb centre. Emmaus Christian School, as mentioned, covers the first four years of high school (Years 7 – 10). Dickson College, a two-year secondary college known for its strong extra-curricular focus, is also located within the suburb.
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There are many new projects under development in Dickson. This includes the recently approved Dickson Shops, which will bring Coles and a number of new shops – along with 140 new apartments – into the suburb. First proposed in 2012, the development is set to introduce competition for Dickson Woolworths, which is rumoured to be one of the busiest in the country.
Soho is the largest development currently underway in Dickson. The first stage, Mulberry, sits on the southern-most corner of the block, forming part of the residential wing of the mega-development. There are 409 apartments available, with a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom configurations, and Mulberry sits close to a number of bus stops and the light rail interchange.
The Bradfield is a new apartment and townhouse development located just outside of Dickson, in Downer. The large project, which is set to include a retirement village once complete, is designed for young professionals and small families.
Dickson is primarily home to young families and professionals, who make up nearly half of its residents. Home to the main commercial centre for the inner northern suburbs, Dickson has something for everyone, which makes it attractive to these two groups. The outdoor pedestrian area is known for its ‘village square’ feeling, which helps create an atmosphere that has attracted so many families to the neighbourhood.
The suburb is also home to a number of large playing fields, which are located on the former Canberra airport site. The fields cater to sports like soccer, cricket and rugby, among others. Residents of Dickson also have access to a walking track that leads to the shopping centre, along with the new Dickson Wetlands, which were completed in 2011. The Dickson Aquatic Centre has also long been a favourite of Canberra’s residents, due to its water-play park, pool, cafe, and propensity to host events like live bands, sausage sizzles, and Zumba lessons, to name just a few. Unsurprisingly, it is extremely popular during the summer!